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She’s a goal setter and a go-getter!

We followed up with determined arthrogryposis patient Brayden

She’s a goal setter and a go-getter!

It has been a year since we updated readers on the progress of one of our loyal Patient Ambassadors, Brayden, a determined 8-year-old who has been a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville since she came to live with her grandparents in late 2013. As we begin the start of a new year, this young lady caps off 2019 with more strides than we can count.

You may remember a milestone achieved in 2017 that would change the way she lived her life. That milestone was taking her first independent steps. With her family, friends and all the people who care for her at the hospital cheering her on, she walked across the finish line of the Greenville Shriners Hospital’s inaugural Walk for LOVE™, and that was only the beginning.

2018 was a year of continued progress with walking. “Brayden has gained so much independence in the last year since she began walking,” said her grandmother, Dawn. “She can now enter and exit our home without assistance, she partakes in physical education independently and is out of her wheelchair all day at school except during recess.” With her intelligence, drive and spunky disposition, she has also mastered the day-to-day tasks we take for granted, like putting on her own shirt.

To no surprise, 2019 has been nothing short of highest achievement as Brayden learned how to swim on her own during the summer. “If it weren’t for eating and drinking, she would have lived in the water if I would have let her,” said Dawn. Swimming was an outlet where Brayden was able to feel independent and free. By the end of the season, she was a master! In addition to swimming, Brayden attended two summer camps. At one of the camps she had the opportunity to use a zip line.

“Miss Independent” is how Dawn would describe Brayden in 2019. She has accomplished so much, including brushing her own hair and teeth, doing her homework and charging her wheelchair. “She has just blossomed from that little girl that always asked for help. Now she explains she is capable of most things on her own,” said Dawn.

With 2020 ahead, Brayden has goals set in place for the New Year. She plans to continue her progress by adding the ability to get in and out of the pool by herself, bathing on her own, learning to tap dance, and further developing her new-found love for robotics. We are so proud of all Brayden has accomplished, and we are excited to see the goals she achieves in 2020 alongside her friends at the Greenville Shriners Hospital!

Read more about Brayden and arthrogryposis multiplex congenita.